Yuba-Sutter radio host takes on education, Agenda 21 December 15, 2012 10:55:00 PM ShareThis| Print Story | E-Mail StoryBy Ryan McCarthy/ADrmccarthy A glimpse at the world:
Paul Preston said his greatest insight into how things work happened in 1988 as a school administrator in Orange County.
As director of activities, he dealt with media from around the world when student Janet Evans won three Olympic gold medals in swimming.
An official in East Germany, a powerhouse in swimming, insisted to Preston that Evans' story was an invention and that she wasn't really a high school student.
After a CNN broadcasted a report about her at the high school in Southern California, the East German was in tears on the phone to Preston.
The international broadcast shattered the man's dream of communism by revealing its lies about the young Olympic rival from America, Preston recounted.
Paul Preston broadcasts the Inside Education Show weekdays on KMYC AM 1410 in Linda from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
The Agenda 21 Radio show follows from 9 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 4 a.m.-6 a.m. Paul Preston talks on Simpson Lane in Linda for three hours weekday nights and Saturdays starting at 4 a.m. about what's gone wrong and what's still right in America.
The state is mostly in that first category, said the Yuba City resident.
"California is really a socialist state," Preston said. "This is what it looks like."
He spoke hours before his broadcast on KMYC 1410 AM in Linda where he and co-host Chriss Street talk about Agenda 21, the Middle East and other issues.
Preston started with a program about education California, he laments, once had the best system in the world but it's now "really sick within."
"It's not about kids anymore," he said. "It's all about money and it's all about employment."
The broadcast evolved into other subjects and Preston is happy in an otherwise-shrinking universe of local radio programming as stations around America rely more and more on national, syndicated shows.
"I'm energized every time I go into the studio," said Preston.
Four decades as a teacher and school administrator left him longing not for retirement and 18 holes of golf, but broadcasting.
"We've got to start getting the word out," he said of problems he sees like the state's slide into socialism.
Preston believes he is doing just that.
The Yuba City resident describes himself as a one-time "environmental wacko" who has since seen the light on the movement's excesses, the hoax of global warming and Agenda 21, which opponents call a United Nations try to force people out of their cars and away from rural life into cities.
Yuba City Councilman Tej Maan heard from Agenda 21 critics last year when they appeared before the City Council about an agreement with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments to participate in a sustainable communities regional planning grant. Maan said he hasn't heard Preston on the radio and is puzzled by the attention to the matter.
"People may be giving Agenda 21's influence too much credit on local land use issues," the Yuba City councilman said.
Preston said local officials are uninformed about the subject.
The broadcaster's co-host Street recalls how Preston became informed about Orange County's investment problems that led to bankruptcy in 1994. Then-county treasurer Robert Citron's invested in risky reverse repurchase agreements and Orange County lost more than $1.6 billion in the bankruptcy.
Street, who was county treasurer in 2006-10, said that in the early 1990s, he provided Preston with documents about the financial problems.
Preston, who was a broadcaster in Orange County, had a reputation as a tireless analyst of issues.
"He proved it to me," Street said. "Paul is a relentless researcher."
Their nightly program deals with more Mideast than Marysville and takes few phone calls, but Preston said local issues are discussed when warranted. A lot of calls come to the station in between broadcast segments, he said.
Yuba County resident Bob Day, who broadcasts the two-hour Great American Story on Saturday nights on KMYC, said Preston may see a bigger broadcast stage.
"I know that he hopes to get syndicated someday," Day said. "I'm interested in seeing where it goes."
Preston, who speaks of Ronald Reagan as a hero and the broadcaster Hugh Hewitt as an inspiration, cites the political adage that "Socialism only lasts until they run out of other people's money." He said people are realizing the cost that comes with some political ideas and that the Marysville radio program is part of that.
"We know we're having an impact," he said. "People are waking up to what's going on."
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